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Storage Tips: How to Store Antiques & Art

Antiques and artwork are investments that you’ll cherish for years, so finding a secure place to store and preserve them is necessary. Keep your valuable treasures protected with the storage tips from Extra Space Storage below.

Find a Secure Storage Facility

When storing valuable artwork, antique furniture, or family heirlooms, security needs to be top of mind. Extra Space Storage utilizes advanced security measures for just such storage needs, so be sure to look for a self storage location that has one or more of the following features:

  • Perimeter fencing around the property
  • Electronic gate access with keypad entry
  • Individually-alarmed storage units
  • Security access to your floor only (for multi-level facilities)
  • Facility manager who lives on-site
  • Video surveillance cameras throughout the property
  • Controlled-access building with indoor storage units

Rent a Climate-Controlled Storage Unit

Extreme heat and cold can wreak havoc on upholstery, paint, wood, metal, and other materials when not properly stored. With storage units that have climate control, it’s easier to keep antiques and art safe from damaging temperatures at Extra Space Storage. This convenient amenity keeps your storage unit between 55 and 80 degrees at all times to provide peace of mind and year-round protection for your valuables.

 

Pack & Store Antiques & Art Carefully

Gently packing and moving all antiques and art will help ensure that nothing gets damaged while in short-term or long-term storage. Below are packing and storage tips that you can follow to keep these valuable belongings safe in your storage unit:

  • Create an inventory list of all antiques and/or art being stored for insurance purposes
  • Spray wooden furniture with high-quality furniture polish for long-term protection
  • Treat leather items with high-quality leather conditioner before moving them to storage
  • Wipe down any metal pieces before packing for storage to prevent rust formation
  • Wrap mirrors, paintings, and other artwork in protective coverings with felt pieces on sharp edges
  • Opt for storage and moving boxes specifically designed for mirrors and large artwork
  • Use furniture sheets, covers, or heavy-duty bags to protect upholstered antiques
  • Cover wooden antiques with bubble wrap or furniture bags to prevent scratches
  • Disassemble weak or heavy pieces of furniture and store them separately
  • Keep all assembly pieces (screws, bolts, etc.) in a plastic bag and tape them to their furniture
  • Do NOT stack antique furniture, as this can create too much pressure and cause damage
  • Raise all storage containers off the ground with pallets in your storage unit
  • Always store heavier storage items on the bottom and lightest on the top

Have questions? Remember that your facility manager is an excellent resource for additional tips and assistance in protecting your antiques and art in self storage!

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Extra Space Storage Inc., headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah, owns and/or operates over 1,600 self-storage properties in 35 states, Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico. The Company's properties comprise approximately 750,000 units and over 80 million square feet of rentable storage space, offering customers a wide selection of affordable and conveniently located and secure storage solutions across the country, including personal storage, boat storage, RV storage and business storage. We are committed to being the most convenient, secure and professional storage solution in your neighborhood. And it is this commitment which has allowed Extra Space Storage to become the second largest storage units operator in the U.S. with over 1,600 properties across the country.